Algorithm

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When Afrikka Hardy was strangled in 2014 it seemed completely random, but it wasn’t. It was part of a pattern. Four years earlier, reporter Thomas Hargrove had created an algorithm to detect serial killers and flagged Gary, Indiana as the site of an unusual number of strangulations. But when Hargrove reached out to warn local police, he was ignored -- until Afrikka Hardy was murdered, and those cold cases suddenly didn’t look so cold. Algorithm follows the investigation into Afrikka’s murder, exposing the warnings that police ignored, and uncovering more than anyone expected -- that a serial killer was strangling women in Gary, Indiana could've been stopped. And that Afrikka Hardy should be alive today.  This podcast will explore how technology can be used to identify and track serial killers, and how an algorithm can influence the way homicides are investigated all across the country.

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    4 June 2024, 3:00 pm
  • 3 minutes 22 seconds
    Introducing: Ransom

    Twelve-year-old McKay Everett disappeared from his Texas home in September 1995. His father Carl returned from an Amway meeting to find the back door ajar and the telephone ringing. On the line, a woman with a raspy voice demanded $500,000.

    Over the next week, the FBI played a game of cat-and-mouse with the kidnappers, who used inside information to stay one step ahead of the investigation. Ultimately the FBI uncovered a series of crimes that started long before McKay was taken. Most shocking of all was the suspect. McKay had been betrayed by someone he trusted – a pillar of the community hiding a dark secret. 

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    28 May 2024, 10:00 pm
  • 45 minutes 53 seconds
    DNA

    What happened to the DNA evidence associated with Hargrove's list. And what happened to Gary's backlogged rape kits?

    Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich, and follow the algorithm podcast on twitter, instagram, or facebook.

    Reach out with any tips or suggestions for other clusters of murders to explore on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.

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    1 September 2021, 9:40 pm
  • 33 minutes 7 seconds
    New Confessions

    Ben receives a letter from Vann agreeing to an interview. Ben talks to Kasich about Vann and why he plead to life in prison after wanting to be executed. And a mysterious caller describes another victim and sheds possible light on Vann's motivations.

    Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich.

    Reach out with any tips or suggestions for other clusters of murders to explore on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.

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    24 August 2021, 10:00 am
  • 30 minutes 58 seconds
    The Chicago Connection

    Ben investigates some of the cold cases that Hargrove identified and explores Darren Vann's connection to killings in Chicago.

    Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich.

    Reach out with any tips or suggestions for other clusters of murders to explore on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.

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    17 August 2021, 10:05 am
  • 22 minutes 59 seconds
    Bonus | Q&A

    Ben listens to voicemails and answers listener questions.

    You can leave a voicemail of your own at 888-501-3309. Or ask a question or leave a tip on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich.

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    10 August 2021, 10:00 am
  • 32 minutes 14 seconds
    The Survivor

    One woman escapes Vann and tries to warn the police, but they don't listen.

    Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich.

    Reach out with any tips on Darren Vann or crimes that might be related on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.

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    3 August 2021, 10:00 am
  • 29 minutes 2 seconds
    Marvin and Teaira

    After Vann returns to Gary, Marvin Clinton's fiance Teaira Batey disappears. Frustrated with the police, Marvin starts investigating on his own.

    Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich.

    Reach out with any tips on Darren Vann, China, or crimes that might be related on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.

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    27 July 2021, 9:00 am
  • 28 minutes 48 seconds
    Red Flags

    After the death of Vann's child, Vann snaps. He's arrested twice for horrific crimes, once in Gary and then in Austin.

    Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich. And reach out with any tips on Darren Vann, Big E, or crimes that might be related on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.

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    20 July 2021, 10:30 am
  • 29 minutes 43 seconds
    Vann's Early Crimes

    Detective Ford interrogates Vann about his past and tries to determine how many Vann has really killed... And what can we learn from Vann's ex-wife, stepson, and ex-girlfriend?

    Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter @Ben_kuebrich. And reach out with any tips on Darren Vann, Big E, or crimes that might be related on social media or by leaving a voicemail at 888-501-3309.

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    13 July 2021, 10:30 am
  • 33 minutes 29 seconds
    The Death March

    The Death March Continues as Darren Vann leads detectives to more victims... but it's unclear if he's telling the whole truth about his crimes ...

    Find out more about the case on twitter, instagram, or facebook. Follow host Ben Kuebrich on twitter. And reach out with any tips on Darren Vann, Big E, or crimes that might be related on social media or by leaving us a voicemail at 888-501-3309.

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    6 July 2021, 10:35 am
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